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Genetic Inheritance

Activity Summary
This activity is meant to demonstrate how genes are passed from one generation to the next. Students use heredity patterns to compare mutated and non-mutated fiddler crab genes found in a salt marsh after a chemical spill. True mutations are not used; this exercise is simply to introduce students to the concepts of inheritance patterns and human impact.

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Learning Objectives
1. Demonstrate how chromosomes are passed from parent to offspring
2. Explain the process of inheritance
3. Explain what mutations are and how they affect DNA

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Lesson Plan

heredity, genetics, mutations

Last updated: 3/3/2015